Red Storm Rising Game Free Download & Install Guide

Author: Glenn Scrima

(Please do not copy this guide. However anyone is free to link to this page.)

First Download & Install Dosbox:

Go To: > Downloads Tab > Click the Windows version (Under the Dosbox category)

Dosbox homepage
Run the downloaded installer file and install Dosbox on your hard drive in the directory C:\Games\RedStorm. Simply entering this will create these folders for you.

Red Storm Rising game folder
Next: Open the Games folder then the RedStorm folder within it. Locate and then run Dosbox by double clicking on the Dosbox program icon.

Dosbox program
Next: At the the command prompt in Dosbox type "config -writeconf dosbox.conf" and then press the "Enter" key.

Creating the game config
Next: Type "exit" to exit Dosbox.

Exit DOS
Now: Locate and right click on the Dosbox config file. Click "open with" & select notepad.

Editing the Red Storm Rising config
With the dosbox config file open scroll to the bottom. We are going to place some text below [autoexec]:

mount c c:\games\redstorm
cd redstorm

Red Storm Rising autoexec
Save and exit the config file when you are finished.

Now Lets Download the Free Game Red Storm Rising:

Go To:

Next: Type "Red Storm Rising" in the game search box in the upper right corner of the main page and press enter.

Game search
After That:
Click on "Red Storm Rising" in the game search results column.

Game search results
Next: On the page that follows click on the "Get It!" button.

Download game
Click on the "Get It" button on following page and wait for your browser to give you the option to download and save the Red Storm Rising game. Click the "Save" button and choose a directory on your hard drive where you would like to save the game file. Saving to your desktop is usually the default option and is probably the easiest place to save Red Storm Rising for extraction.

Saving the Red Storm Rising game

Now Lets Extract The Red Storm Rising Free Game Download:

First: Right click on the "Red Storm Rising" game file you downloaded to your hard drive and click on "Extract All".

Extracting the Red Storm Rising game
Click the "Next" button when the extractor launches. You will be asked where you would like to extract the Red Storm Rising game files, select "C:\Games\RedStorm". When your done click "Next" again and the files will begin to extract.

Zip program

Hunting for Red October:

First: Double click on the Dosbox program file in the "C:\Games\RedStorm" directory and the game Red Storm Rising will launch. After Dosbox launches you will be asked a short series of questions for how you would like the game to be setup. First you will be asked, "Do you have a joystick". Unless you are using a joystick select "No" by pressing "n".

Joystick select
You will be asked to "Select [your] Graphics Mode". Choose "VGA/MCGA (256 color)" by pressing "4".

Game graphics select
Finally: You will be asked to "Select [your] Sound Option". Choose "Adlib Sound" by pressing "4" again.

Game sound
You will now be launched into the game Red Storm Rising itself, enjoy!

The config file is missing what do I do?
The game won't run on Windows Vista. What should I do?
The game runs sluggish. Is there a way to improve this?
How do I make the game launch in fullscreen mode?
How do I change the amount of RAM available?
How do I mount a hard drive or CD-ROM drive in Dosbox?
How do I change my machine type in Dosbox?
How do I capture a screenshot during gameplay?
I can't download from Abandonia. What should I do?
How do I close or exit Dosbox?


Adam. said...


Thanks so much for posting this guide, now I can play one of my favorite games of all time!

Anonymous said...

Hi glenn,

Thanks for the writeup. I love DOS Box as an emulator, and I'm totally psyched to play some RSR for the first time since my 486 days.

Anonymous said...

Hi Glenn,

first of all thanks so much for your work here.
I installed both dosbox and RSR on a jump drive and changed the install paths (and config entries) accordingly.
Game starts up fine, but after choosing sound a pop up says that the system doesn't support full screen and prompts to exit. I checked the config and the full screen value is set to "false" - any ideas?